1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged Bentley

1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged Bentley

The name 'Bentley' is synonymous with motor racing. Designed and built by W. O. Bentley, 3-litre versions were successfully raced in the early 1920s. In 1926 Bentley introduced a 4 1/2-litre engined car. It was entered in Le Mans 24 hour race in 1927, won in 1928 and the following year took second, third and fourth places behind a 6 1/2-litre Bentley.

Sir Henry Birkin and Clive Gallop, in conjuction with supercharging expert Amhurst Villiers, developed a 'blown' version of the 4 1/2-litre Bentley - much against Bentley's advice. Three were built initially and proved uncatchable although tending to be unrealiable. 'Tim' Birkin's lap record on the old Le Mans circuit was never broken. A fourth car was then developed and that incredible machine is the subject of this super nw kit. In this Sports Car he competed against racing cars, and in the 1930 French Grand Prix achieved 135 mph on the straight. He came second, averaging 88.5 mph for the 245 miles in a time of 2 hrs 46 mins. The car also competed in many other classic races of the period.

The present owner, Mr Neil Corner, has restored the Bentley to its original condition, and with his help and co-operation Airfix have reproduced this car for the modeller. There are 272 parts in this superb kit including rubber tyred wheels, plated radiator, supercharger etc. and opening bonnet revealing detailed engine, and it is a must for every enthusiast's collection. - Taken from the 9th edition catalogue (1971)

1990 edition catalogue, recorded as a new kit.

1990 edition catalogue, listed as 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre from 1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged Bentley.

1992 edition catalogue, listed as Bentley 4.5 Litre from 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre.

1993 edition catalogue, listed as 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged from Bentley 4.5 Litre.

1997 edition catalogue, listed as Bentley 1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged from 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged.

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Airfix Series (first appearance) 20
Rarity of early version Scarce
First Issued 1971
Catalogue Ref - 9th Edition (1971) 2001
Catalogue Ref - 10th Edition (1973) 09398-1
Catalogue Ref - 11th Edition (1974) 09398-1
Catalogue Ref - 12th Edition (1975) 09398-1
Catalogue Ref - 13th Edition (1976) 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 14th Edition (1977) 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 15th Edition (1978) 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 16th Edition (1979) 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 17th Edition (1980) 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 1982 Edition 20440-8
Catalogue Ref - 1983 Edition 9 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1984 Edition 9 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1985 Edition 920440
Catalogue Ref - 1990 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1992 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1993 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1994 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1995 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1996 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1997 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1998 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 1999 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2000 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2001 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2002 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2003 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2004 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2005 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2006 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2007 Edition 20440
Catalogue Ref - 2011 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2012 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2013 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2014 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2015 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2016 Edition A20440
Catalogue Ref - 2020 Edition A20440V
Artist on Box Type 4 Stephen Hipwell
Artist on Box Type 16 Adam Tooby
Artist on Box Type 17 Roy Cross

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